So it’s late July and you’re looking for a place to take the kids and cool off. Bet the Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis hasn’t crossed your mind, huh? I never guessed my kids would leave completely soaked to the skin either, but they did and they had a marvelous time getting there. I should have realized what was going to happen when two of the volunteers who run the museum started filling up these cool, old-fashioned hand pumpers with hoses attached. Then brought out the bucket of squirters. (And finally left us to our own devices out back behind the building.)
I think one-third of the kids’ aim went towards fighting fires on the “fire wall” display and the other two-thirds went squarely at each other. [Note: You may want to call ahead to make sure this particular exhibit will be on display. I inquired at the desk and they set it up for us upon request.]
Luckily, we’d seen a good chunk of the museum before the waterworks. I recommend you do the same so you, like I, can appreciate all the hands-on touches for kids, such as the chance to:
- climb into a fire truck cab and operate the lights, tinker with the switches
- steer a ladder truck in a simulator
- pull an old fire alarm box and find out how the signal was received in re-created “Station 8″
- work an old fire station switchboard
- slide down the pole!
- try on firefighter duds
- And take a ride through the neighborhood on a real fire truck! (Make sure to eat your lunch at least an hour in advance. Really.) Currently, the website lists the rides as summer months only.
Firefighters Hall & Museum
664 22nd Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Open: Saturdays, 9am-4pm
Admission: $7/adults, $5/seniors, $4/kids 3-12